Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Simple Vanilla Apple Galette

This delicious fall dessert has all the flavors of homemade apple pie without the added pressure of making it look perfect.

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For the first time ever, Stephen and I will not be traveling for Thanksgiving this year. We decided to take a break from the usual frenzy associated with the start of the holiday season in order to enjoy some relatively quiet time at home as a family of three (plus a Monty).

Of course, making the decision to stay home meant accepting the challenge of cooking Thanksgiving dinner without the benefit of family members contributing the mashed potatoes or green bean casserole or an assortment of desserts. The reality of it intimidated me at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized we'd now have the opportunity to lay the foundations for our own family traditions.

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Taking a moment to consider the bigger picture changed everything for me, and I stopped worrying about creating a Pinterest-worthy Thanksgiving. Instead, I tried to plan a meal that would feature some mutual favorites, as well as some respective no-contest must-haves.

I told myself that it would still be a memorable holiday even if we have to push back the start of dinner because we're tending to Caroline or if some dishes don't turn out as planned.

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With those sentiments in mind, I'm excited to share my recipe for Simple Vanilla Apple Galette with you. Thanks to store-bought pie crust, the dessert comes together in no time and is easy enough to assemble that little ones can help out, making the galette the ideal dessert to make for Thanksgiving.

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Once you've rolled your crust out a bit, go ahead an peel and slice your apples. There's no one right type of apple to use here, but, if you can, try and use a firm, crisp apple. You'll want something that will withstand a long time in the oven.

In case you're wondering, I used Honeycrisp apples.

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And, although this recipe calls for a touch of pure vanilla extract, I wanted to amp up the vanilla notes. Thankfully, I still had some Vanilla Bean Cane Sugar, courtesy of the folks at s.a.l.t. sisters, still in the pantry and used that in place of regular granulated sugar.

If you're unable to order this particular flavored cane sugar through s.a.l.t. sisters, then try making your own at home. It's actually pretty simple to do!

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Combine the vanilla bean sugar with some brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt,

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and then toss the sliced apples with the flour-and-sugar mixture.

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Once coated, pile the apple slices into the center of the pie crust while leaving an uncovered border of dough around the edge. Since galettes aren't meant to be fussy or over-worked, I didn't bother creating an eye-catching pattern with the slices. If you want to serve a dessert that's a little less rustic-looking, then, by all means, have at it!

Simple Vanilla Apple Galette Filling | Taste As You Go

Take the edges of the crust and gently fold them up and over the apples along the perimeter in order to contain the filling. Lightly brush the edges with an egg wash and sprinkle some raw cane sugar (turbinado sugar) on top. This would also be a great time to use some more vanilla cane sugar!

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Place the galette on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden brown. Then, once the galette is out of the oven, allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving with -- what else? -- vanilla ice cream.

Do you remember what I said earlier about being okay with dishes that don't turn out as planned?

The finished galette doesn't look perfect in these photos. The apples are arranged this-way-and-that, the brown sugar mixture came out thick in some spots, and parts of the crust cracked while the galette was baking.

But you know what?

The galette still tasted delicious, and Stephen and I devoured it in record time.

Try to keep that in mind this Thanksgiving as you dig into your meal. It's not always about how something looks. After all, how many times have you eaten something that looks like a recipe gone wrong but winds up being the most popular dish on the table?

Enjoy the imperfections. Most of the time, they taste even better than the dishes that look like the ones in the pictures. ;-)

Whether you're staying home like we are or you're traveling to be with loved ones, I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Simple Vanilla Apple Galette
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes | Cook Time: 30-40 minutes | Total Time: 45-60 minutes | Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 packaged pie crust (not in a shell)
  • 3 large Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vanilla bean cane sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Lightly dust your work surface with flour. Roll out the pie crust until it's about 12 inches in diameter.
  3. Transfer the crust to the prepared baking sheet and place in the refrigerator, uncovered, while you prepare the galette filling.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the vanilla bean sugar (or granulated sugar) with the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Pour this mixture over the sliced apples and toss until the fruit is evenly coated.
  6. Take the pie crust out of the refrigerator and pile the apples in the center, leaving about an inch of uncovered crust around the edge.
  7. Gently fold the edge of the dough up and over the apples around the perimeter to contain the filling. Don't worry about making this look perfect!
  8. In a clean small bowl, whisk the egg and water together. Lightly brush the egg wash around the edge of the crust and then sprinkle the turbinado sugar on top.
  9. Bake the galette until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 30 to 40 minutes. The apples should be tender but not mushy.
  10. Remove the galette from the oven and cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving. (I highly recommend serving it with homemade vanilla ice cream!)
Recipe by Michelle Rittler, Taste As You Go // adapted from PureWow

Hungry for more apple desserts? Try these:

  1. Apple & Pecan Tart with Bourbon Caramel Sauce | Foxes Love Lemons
  2. Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Two Peas & Their Pod
  3. Apple Upside Down Cake | Simply Recipes
  4. Cinnamon Apple Pie-Cake | Always Order Dessert 
  5. French Apple Tart | Alexandra's Kitchen

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